[Blog] The craft of trade warfare

Szyszczak, Erika (2021) [Blog] The craft of trade warfare. UKTPO, Falmer, Susssex.

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Trade has become a new tool of political and economic warfare. Recent years have seen a rise in threats and the disruptive use of use tariffs, export and import bans to further political aims by the two economic superpowers, the US and China. Other countries wishing to assert greater political influence, such as Russia or Turkey, have joined the fray. Although the disputes are characterized as being between States, the real impact of trade wars is felt by businesses, workers, consumers and ordinary citizens. The impact is felt in the COVID-19 pandemic, where critical supplies of medical products or Personal Protective Equipment are essential in a health emergency.

Traditional international economic law provides procedures and institutions to address measures impacting on free trade in goods and services. But in recent times the failure of the WTO Appellate Body to function and the bureaucracy surrounding the creation of dispute settlement mechanisms under free trade agreements reveals the need for States and economic trade blocs, such as the EU, to think about more effective ways to deter threats to trade and to address any trade distortion measures effectively and swiftly.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: EU, trade, unilateralism, trade remedies, WTO, Brexit
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: UK Trade Policy Observatory
Depositing User: Erika Szyszczak
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 12:58
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2023 12:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/110935
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